“I blog therefore I am”
…Okay, that’s not quite what Descartes said, but I would like to think this blog will address the same question when pondering the nature of existence and self. More specifically, my existence and ermmm …me!
As you know, many blogs tend to have an ‘About’ section where the author describes who they are, along with a modest (well, sometimes modest!) description of their achievements.
Well, that’s not going to be possible this time.
So am I about to conceitedly crow about myself with copious ‘braggadocio’, ‘swagger’ and ‘bluster’? …or in a ‘specious’ attempt to seem even more ‘erudite’, ‘scholastic’ and ‘sapient’, use lots of fancy words that basically mean the same thing! 😉
Or will I feign humility instead? …with mock embarrassment as I bashfully share my past successes.
Ermmm, no! …Definitely not!
This blog is NOT an ego-fest!
…and yet it is very much about me.
You see, for a very long time I have struggled with my mental health, even more so in these last 10 years. However, in recent times, and thanks to a new diagnosis, I’ve made significant progress in (finally) getting well…
…and the big ‘aha moment’ came when I realised I don’t really know who I am.
Yes, I can tell you about my and my clients’ business success, the many courses and books I’ve written, and the numerous popular presentations I’ve given over the years. In other words, the sort of material that would ordinarily go into the ‘about’ section of a blog.
But that is not who I am…
As writer Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I am human being, not a human doing”.
…and that stuff I just mentioned is all about ‘doing’.
Whereas, my ‘being’ is an incomplete jigsaw puzzle with many holes or pieces forced into places they don’t belong.
This blog is a way for me to complete the jigsaw, by exploring who I am, discovering the right pieces, and gradually realising a true picture of Michael Christon.
Now, again, it is worth mentioning this blog is not a plea for sympathy nor a cry of ‘woe is me’.
Everything I write will be with positive intent and an overarching sense of hope and optimism.
That said, I will not hold back when sharing the darker times either …because they are a part of the story too.
Similarly, and just as there will be both light and dark content, I’ll be sharing both personal AND business content.
I have way too much business acumen and experience for it just to sit on a dusty shelf in my mind!
In fact, I plan to share a lot of content that was previously only available to training or coaching clients …because I want you, the reader, to get as much from this blog as I do. This will include full publications like “The Four Quadrants” report which you will be able to get by simply sharing my blog on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
“Aha! Gotcha!” I hear you cry, “So this is just a veiled sales and marketing ploy?!”
Ermmm, no. I simply want this blog to be popular, and if a little bit of ‘social bribery’ helps that happen, well, why not!
Oh and there’ll be the occasional (and at times, wacky) poem along the way!
One thing I have never doubted is my creativity, I know it is a big part of who I am (well, I do now, there have been many times in the past where I have lost sight of that too).
…this means, I will be using creative media like poetry to delve into business, life and me!
So without any further ado, here’s a poetic explanation of what this blog is about…